Ch 15: Sun-Earth-Moon System

About This Chapter

This chapter zeroes-in on the components of the sun, Earth, and moon system. It's made up of lessons that focus on individual aspects of each while also examining how they interact.

Sun-Earth-Moon System - Chapter Summary

This chapter explores the various factors that go into the movement and functioning of the sun, Earth, and the moon. You'll review topics such as the geography of the four seasons, the sun's angle and movement, effects of the earth's rotation, and more. Other subjects discussed include:

  • Earth's axial tilt
  • Earth's orbit around the sun
  • The sun's path across the local sky
  • The Equator and the geometry of the Earth and sun
  • The Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
  • Predicting the moon's rising and setting

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8 Lessons in Chapter 15: Sun-Earth-Moon System
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Interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon System

1. Interactions in the Sun-Earth-Moon System

Learn how the sun, earth, and moon interact with each other to create tides, phases, eclipses, seasons, solar winds, and precession. Take a quiz and see how much you've picked up.

Effects of the Earth's Rotation & Revolution

2. Effects of the Earth's Rotation & Revolution

This lesson explores the factors that influence seasons, daylight, and temperatures on our planet, including rotation and radiation. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Earth's Axial Tilt & Orbit Around the Sun

3. Earth's Axial Tilt & Orbit Around the Sun

After watching this video, you will be able to describe the Earth's orbit around the Sun, including the orbital plane, its eccentricity, and axial tilt. A short quiz will follow.

Geography of the Four Seasons

4. Geography of the Four Seasons

This lesson will explain how the earth's axis and rotation affect seasons. In doing this, it will also highlight the concept of the summer and winter solstices, as well as how seasons vary around the globe.

The Sun's Angle & Movement

5. The Sun's Angle & Movement

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how the Sun's movement in the sky varies with the seasons and how that relates to the length of each day. A short quiz will follow.

The Sun's Path Through the Local Sky

6. The Sun's Path Through the Local Sky

After watching this video, you should be able to describe the Sun's path through the sky at different latitudes and different times of year: particularly the equinoxes and solstices. A short quiz will follow.

The Equator, the Tropics of Cancer & Capricorn: Association with Earth-Sun Geometry

7. The Equator, the Tropics of Cancer & Capricorn: Association with Earth-Sun Geometry

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what the Equator, the Tropic of Cancer, and the Tropic of Capricorn are in terms of latitude and longitude. A short quiz will follow, allowing for further review of the material.

Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

8. Predicting When The Moon Will Rise and Set

In this lesson, you'll learn when the moon will rise or set during four distinct phases: full moon, new moon, first quarter moon, and third quarter moon.

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